Have you ever wondered how much some of your favourite British comedy actors have made over the years, and how much they are worth now? Well here, we have a list of 15 of the best known British comedy actors, and how much they are worth.
15. Rob Brydon
Welsh comedian Rob Brydon has been all over British TV in recent years, with stand up shows filmed at the Hammersmith Apollo, his role as Uncle Bryn in Gavin and Stacey and about fifteen different comedy panel shows, Rob Brydon has been making us laugh for almost fifteen years now.
Through his various TV show appearances, stand up tours and commercial deals, Rob Brydon now has a net worth of around £3 million, and lives in Strawberry Hill in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames with his wife and two sons.
14. Nicholas Lyndhurst
Like his on-screen brother, Nicholas Lyndhurst, playing Rodney Trotter in Only Fools, has carved himself out a nice slice of immortality, not just in Britain but all over the world. And though it will be for Rodney that Lyndhurst will always be remembered, he has also had great success in his own right, in shows such as Goodnight Sweetheart, New Tricks, After You’ve Gone and in Rock & Chips.
Through his success on TV, he has amassed a net worth of roughly £4 million, and lives in the sunny seaside village of West Wittering – home to other stars such as Kate Winslet and Keith Richards.
13. Jim Broadbent
Oscar winner Jim Broadbent certainly came along way from playing Roy Slater on Only Fools and Horses to winning an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Over his long career, Jim Broadbent has come one of the recognisable British actors in Hollywood, having enjoyed success in films such as The Harry Potter series, Iris, Bridget Jones, Moulin Rouge, Gangs of New York and TV shows such as Game of Thrones.
Over the years he has enjoyed huge success on the big and small screen and now has a well earned net worth of around £4 million.
12. Sir David Jason
David Jason outside his home
Sir David Jason is perhaps the most loved British comedy actor there is – having gained immortality through the role of Del Boy Trotter in Only Fools and Horses, which is believed by many to be the best British sitcom of all time. Over the years, he has been in some of the best shows on British TV – and has enjoyed success in shows such as Only Fools, obviously, Open All Hours, Darling Buds of May and A Touch of Frost.
And over the years, his success on screen has translated to quite a few big pay days. Having long since made his home in the small leafy community of Ellesborough, Buckinghamshire, Sir David now has a net worth of roughly £6.9 million.
11. Dawn French
Dawn French first made a name for herself as part of the alternative comedy scene in the 1980s, and was part of shows along with the likes of Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Nigel Planer, Alexei Sayle and Arthur Brown in The Comedy Strip Presents…
She also broke off and became a star with her sketch show alongside comedy partner Jennifer Saunders as part of French and Saunders.
As well as perhaps her biggest hit, the fuzzy, lovable, if a little bit naughty The Vicar of Dibley, Dawn French now boasts a net worth of around £7 million, and currently lives in Cornwall.
10. Steve Coogan
Steve Coogan gave us a gift that keeps on giving, and always will keep giving – perhaps the best comedy character outside of David Brent in modern times, Alan Partridge.
As Partridge, Steve Coogan has starred in multiple TV shows and even made a movie around the character – Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa. And has also had roles in big Hollywood comedy films such as Tropic Thunder and The Other Guys.
Through various TV work, books and movies, Steve Coogan now has a net worth of around £9 million, and recently, he put his Brighton mansion on the market for just over £3 million.
9. Jimmy Carr
Jimmy Carr has hosted pretty much everything there is to host in Britain, and if he’s not doing that, he’s selling out arena after arena on tour after tour, with more than 1.5 million people being able to say that they’ve seen the modern day million-joke-man perform live.
He’s not one to show away from a daring or risky joke, and often has the audiences hissing or gasping at some of his more, shall we say, choice material, but for those like myself who have a dark tinge to their humour, he’s one of the best. But he’s also had his share of off-stage controversy though, when it was discovered in 2012 that he had £3.3 million in a Jersey tax avoidance scheme.
Nevertheless, his career in comedy has been a very fruitful one, and he boasts a personal wealth of £12 million, with one of the most palatial homes on this list – an Edwardian pad in Primrose Hill, North London, which he bought for £10 million back in 2010.
8. John Cleese
Though Monty Python star John Cleese still has an estimated net worth of around £13 million, it would be considerably more than that had it not been for the crippling divorce settlement that saw his ex wife – Ms Faye Eichelberger, an American psychotherapist – pick up £8 million in an upfront payment and assets, which included apartment in New York, a £2 million mews house in fashionable Holland Park in west London, and half a beach house in Santa Barbara in California, which was eventually sold.
His divorce settlement also included paying his ex wife around £600,000 per year for the next seven years (the much publicised divorce took place in 2009).
But now, after taking on work in his 70s to help pay off his payments – with included the infamous and barbed stand up show The Alimony Tour – he has paid off all debts and has settled down in an apartment in Bath’s luxurious Royal Crescent area.
7. Simon Pegg
Simon Pegg first rose to prominence as part of the quintessential mid-20s-in-2000-Britain sitcom Spaced, and from there he along with Nick Frost was catapulted into stardom when they starred in Shaun of the Dead – which is still one of the funniest films I’ve ever seen. A modern masterpiece of British comedy. And then from there, there was Hot Fuzz, Paul, The Mission Impossible movies, Star Trek and the criminally underrated World’s End, all of which have led to Pegg laughing all the way to the bank.
It would have been hard to imagine back at the turn of the millennium, but Simon Pegg is now one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, and has amassed a net worth of around £20 million, and currently calls a palatial LA apartment is home.
Also, he holds the distinction of being the only actor to appear in all three of what I like to call the Nerd Holy Trinity – Star Wars, Star Trek and Doctor Who.
6. Stephen Fry
A true national treasure, Stephen Fry needs no introduction. After leaving QI, Stephen Fry decided to relocate to the USA with his husband Elliot Spencer, and have settled in a £1.8 million home up in the Hollywood Hills.
Though he hasn’t left the UK for good – the pair still own homes in London and Norfolk – Stephen Fry has been spending more time in the US of A has he works on writing and acting projects.
Over the years, Stephen Fry, through TV work, film work and books, has amassed a net worth of around £20 million.
5 Eric Idle
Eric Idle was part of Monty Python, who have been described as being to comedy what Led Zeppelin were to rock and roll. Having already taken the UK by storm with their show Flying Circus, Monty Python eventually became huge stars in the States after The Holy Gail, The Meaning of Life and what is considered to be one of the funniest movies ever made The Life of Brian.
After doing shows all over the country – even selling out The Hollywood Bowl – Eric Idle has become one of the most prominent figures in British show business.
Perhaps his most lucrative endeavour was penning the Tony Award winning Broadway musical Spamalot, which, along with his other projects over a long career – have helped the 74 year old comedian and musician to earn a net worth of around £30 million. He currently calls Vermont, USA, his home.
4. Hugh Laurie
It’s amazing, really, that the same guy who played Prince George in Blackadder the Third and Lieutenant George in Blackadder Goes Fourth, is the same guy that played Gregory House in the hit American drama House.
After appearing across the world as House, Hugh Laurie became a household name in the USA, and since then has had numerous roles in TV shows such as Veep, The Night Manager and Chance.
He lived apart from his wife for a few years while he filmed House but now that the show is over, Laurie has said that he planned to move back to his London home and spend more time with his wife and family.
Because of his success on screen and in many other ventures, he now has a net worth of around £32 million.
3. Peter Kay
In the words of Fatboy Slim, you’ve come a long way baby, and in the case of the working class kid from Bolton done good, truer words were never uttered. Or written in this case.
He’s the master of his art, with the record for the most successful stand-up show ever going to his 2010-11 tour, as he played to over 1.2 million Brits. Astonishingly, he’s sold an estimated 10 million DVDs as well. All of this has led to Peter Kay amassing a fortune of around £45 million.
He’s behind some of the best sitcoms in recent history as well, such as Phoenix Nights, Max and Paddy and Peter Kay’s Car Share, and amazingly, he still lives in Bolton – a true test of the man that, no matter how successful he becomes – never forgets his roots.
But there are certain perks with being that successful, as when on his big tours, he splurges on a helicopter to get him back to his home in Bolton each night.
2. Ricky Gervais
Ricky Gervais is known today as one of the top comedians in the world – and proved his position as one of the best and biggest stand up comedians in the world with his hugely successful Netflix special Humanity.
Writing and directing most of his own work, Gervais has hit it big with a number of projects, such as Extras, Derek, The Invention of Lying, and the one that changed the game, The Office.
And he certainly knows how to spend his cash. Gervais, who has built up a personal wealth of a staggering £55 million, and who didn’t get into comedy until he was almost 40, jets to and from London and New York between his £10.5 million Hampstead, North London home and his two flats in New York City. He also owns property in Marlow, Buckinghamshire.
1. Rowan Atkinson
Rowan Atkinson made his name as the star of Blackadder, but also became a huge star in Britain and internationally with Mr Bean.
As well as his TV work, Rowan Atkinson has also had roles in Hollywood movies such as Love Actually, The Lion King, Johnny English and Rat Race.
Rowan Atkinson said that the Mr Bean character had been the most commercial successful for him, and along the way it helped him to earn an astonishing net worth of around £100 million. However, owing to the divorce between he and his wife, he has handed over his ultra modern Oxfordshire mansion to his ex wife, that is said to be worth £10 million.
Atkinson is currently living with his new girlfriend in his £5 million plush flat in Hampstead, North London.